- Wholesale prices in the Australian National Electricity Market have climbed significantly in recent years. Queensland recorded their second-highest electricity prices on record in 2019.
- Over the past nine years, electricity costs have risen more than 130% in Queensland, threatening farm productivity and competitiveness.
Source: Australian Energy Market Operator (PDF), Canegrowers Australia
"Electricity is a big bill every quarter. Ergon is our only supplier out here, we don’t get any choice at all. We’re hit with a fairly hefty tariff as well."
"My bank manager calls me a climate change farmer because I’ve got all the latest technology. But over the past 50 years I’ve seen a terrible decline in rural facilitates due to all sorts of changes. Whoever is in government needs to think about making a long-term commitment to those in the bush."
Here's how it can be
Less carbon emissions
With good electricity policy reform, farmers can have access to affordable and reliable electricity. Thanks to better on-farm energy efficiency and generation, farmers can also be less reliant on fossil fuels.
Better electricity means better irrigation systems, resulting in less water usage, a vital benefit for all who are in drought.